White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

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Among the explorers made famous for revealing hitherto impenetrable cultures—T. E. Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger in the Middle East, Richard Burton in Africa—Knud Rasmussen stands out not only for his physical bravery but also for the beauty of his writing. Part Danish, part Inuit, Rasmussen made a courageous three-year journey by dog sled from Greenland to Alaska to reveal the common origins of all circumpolar peoples. Lovers of Arctic adventure, exotic cultures, and timeless legend will relish this gripping tale by Stephen R. Bown, known as "Canada's Simon Winchester."

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Stephen R. Bown is the author of several critically-acclaimed, award-winning books on the history of exploration, science, and ideas. These include Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900, and Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail and the biography of Roald Amundsen The Last Viking. The Globe and Mail has called him Canada's Simon Winchester”

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"This compelling book is a marvelous tribute to an extraordinary explorer and the lands and peoples that made him great." Wade Davis, author of Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest

Arctic Journal, Fall 2015
"Bown provides a masterfully condensed version of the formative years of Knud's life in a coherent sequence of events, each as important as the next...The author convincingly identifies the major forces that shaped Knud's future...Highly recommend[ed] for anyone interested in the transitional days of Arctic exploration, adventure, and Bown's keen insight into the life events that shaped Dr. Knud Rasmussen into the extraordinary person he became."

Nature, 12/17/15
"[A] masterful biography."
Wall Street Journal, 1/8/16
"Is Knud Rasmussen the most remarkable polar explorer that few people have ever heard of? In White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey Into the Heart of the Arctic, Stephen R. Bown makes a good case that he is...White Eskimo--the first English-language biography of Knud Rasmussen--offers much pleasure. Mr. Bown's prose is clear and lively, and while he clearly believes that Rasmussen was an extraordinary man, he doesn't dodge Rasmussen's flaws."

Manhattan Book Review, 12/5/15
"A riveting read about a polar hero."
Foreword, Winter 2015
"Succeeds both as a well-researched account and a loving, humanizing portrait of this uniquely gifted writer and pioneer...Bown's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious, and his research efforts are truly impressive...Those enthralled by tales of Polar expeditions will find much to celebrate in this lucidly written and well-paced biography."

Discover, December 2015
"Not as famous as Shackleton or Nansen, Inuit-Danish Rasmussen was arguably even more intrepid, traveling by dog sled from Greenland to Alaska in the 1920s. Bown captures both his charisma and soulful side in a biography full of wonder and peril.""Bown makes the case for Knud Rasmussen's inclusion in the general lexicon of household-name explorers...Though still remembered in his homelands and Canada, he never quite achieved Shackleton-level notoriety. In Bown's capable hands, he might."

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